As the cannabis community continues to grow and evolve into something larger than itself, we are seeing wonderful studies being conducted to show the value of medical marijuana. To this point, today we will highlight recent discoveries and potential new treatment uses for the cannabis plant.
That being said, research in 2019 became easier than ever before for medical marijuana studies. This wonderful change will help to usher in a new decade of exciting and important cannabis research studies. Hopefully, also ushering in at least a few new benefits for patients looking for relief with medical marijuana.
One of the studies to commence and complete during 2019, includes a study to help veterans and others with PTSD. The study suggests that medical marijuana may help with more than mental ailments than has previously considered. With regard to PTSD, patients in the study reported an easier time coping with the symptoms of this ailment which impacts millions of Americans across the country.
Other studies looked at how the cannabis plant, which offers a robust solution for patients with many different ailments being positively impacted by medical marijuana, can also help patients with autism, the social effects of cannabis legalization, the impact on a young person’s brain who consumes cannabis, and how the cannabis plant may be able to help people deal with symptoms caused by autism.
Let’s dive right in and take a closer look at the new medical marijuana treatments for 2020.
Research Getting Easier in 2019
With an update from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, cannabis research should become easier to complete moving into 2020. According to NPR, the DEA finally has approved a string of medical marijuana research studies. This is a small step forward for the federal government towards ending cannabis prohibition, just as done here with the Oklahoma medical marijuana program. With that in mind, the handful of studies moving toward approval by the DEA will help free up a process that has been delayed for years now. Through this, more medical marijuana studies will be able to get the proper authorization to start their studies.
Currently, the medical marijuana market has been limited for researchers due to a supply-constrained on cannabis growth. Today, very few companies or institutions can grow cannabis for federally approved studies. With this change of policy from the DEA, more cannabis grows should be able to open up and increase the supply of products for cannabis research studies.
Medical Marijuana for PTSD Treatment
An interesting study completed in 2019 from an Arizona research team showed the power of medical marijuana to help with more than physical ailments. To this point, the team looked into how medical marijuana can impact patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an ailment that adversely affects millions of individuals and veterans in particular. To this point, the study looked at how a patient with access to medical marijuana such as the one offered by Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensaries can help patients have an easier time dealing with the symptoms of PTSD. All and all, the study showed positive results for participants in the study who were suffering from this tough mental ailment.
That being said, when using medical marijuana for a non-physical ailment, patients must ensure to consult their primary care provider to ensure that cannabis treatment is right for their specific needs. With this in mind, some may find that with PTSD in particular that cannabis can be a double edge sword. While patients do report wonderful results from using the cannabis plant to help with their PTSD, it could also have an adverse effect on patients.
Since there are many factors that patients must take into account with regard to their mental health, it’s best to use the Oklahoma medical marijuana program slow and steady. First, patients need to understand how the plant impacts them personally. Even after speaking with our primary caregiver, patients will find that the complex solution that is cannabis oftentimes is best tested and understood by patients with the first-hand experience. That being said, remember to start with a low dosage of cannabis (even for smoking the plant, patients would be advised to wait 5 minutes after taking a single puff to see how the medicine impacts them). These steps will ensure that patients are getting the best use out of their medicine from their favorite local Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensary, The Peak Dispensary.
Social Effects of Medical & Adult Use of Cannabis
According to Leafly.com, one of many interesting studies that took place in 2019 looked at the social impact of liberal cannabis regulations at the state level can have on the state. To this point, the study looked at the different rates of cannabis use disorders and compared the differences between states with cannabis prohibition still in effect and compared this to states with legalized medical or adult usage of cannabis. To this point, the study found that states with more liberal cannabis policies or policies that have legalized medical or recreational use of cannabis actually had lower amounts of cannabis use disorders reported. This seems counter-intuitive since states with more liberal cannabis policies also have higher consumption rates of cannabis than states where the plant remains illegal. This is also wonderful news for those who support the ending of cannabis probation which has plagued many communities across America for nearly 100 years.
Brain Regions Impacted by Cannabis
Another interesting study that took place in 2019 revolved around the specific regions of the human brain that cannabis affects. Scientists looked closely at the patient’s brain who recently consumed cannabis to determine which regions of their brain caused the famous high associated with Oklahoma medical marijuana. To this point, a portion of the brain known as the “posterior cingulate cortex” is a key contributor to THC’s effect on patients and the ability to make people high.
Adolescent Cannabis Consumption Impact on the Brain
This study which took place in 2019, looked closely at how the consumption of cannabis can impact the brain development of young adolescents. To this point, many previous studies have looked at the development of the brain with regard to cannabis consumption by younger individuals. This particular study looked more closely at the impact on brain structure for cannabis consumers younger than the legal age of consumption. This slight difference in the study looking at the brain structure instead of brain development may explain discrepancies with previous studies. That being said, this study remains a bit more controversial and contradicts other studies completed on this topic looks at how the brains of young people who consume are impacted.
CBD May Protect Against Adverse Effects of THC on Learning & Memory
Another intriguing study looked at how the entourage effect impacted patients from consuming cannabis. With that in mind, patients and scientists have long understood the dangers of consuming cannabis, in particular, THC when trying to learn or memorize things. To this point, the cannabis plant has become famous for it’s the ability to make people forgetful. Yet, a new study released in 2019 showed that the cannabis plant may have built-in protection against the harmful effects of THC on human memory and thus the ability to learn. The study looked at how CBD in combination with THC can actually protect and prevent THC from adversely impacting a patient’s memory. This exciting study shows two wonderful things for the Oklahoma cannabis community. First, the power of the entourage effect, which at it’s most basic form says the sum of the parts is more than the individual parts, can truly be spectacular. Furthermore, the cannabis plant seems to have a powerful natural benefit that scientists miss when they parse out the cannabis plant into specific cannabinoids as was tried with the famous marijuana knock-off medicine, Marinol.
CBD May Help Symptoms Related to AutismAnother exciting study released in 2019 showed how cannabis may be able to help those with autism better deal with the symptoms related to this ailment. To this point, the study looked at how medical marijuana can help patients who have symptoms caused by autism. While Oklahoma medical marijuana may not be the first consideration when thinking of treatments for some of the more burdensome effects of autism, it does show promising signs. The study looked